America the Beautiful: The Weird Lost Verses

July 4th, 2011  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized

Happy Fourth to all of our stateside friends. For those babyswingers and other foreigners here, let’s just say that the Fourth of July is a very special day in which we blow shit up, char meat, and demand to see the president’s birth certificate.

DadWagon is on vacation today, but we did want to leave you with a handy copy of the parts of America the Beautiful we had never heard. These verses are actually real, cribbed from our favorite site on all the American Internet, Scout Songs. There are lots of exclamation marks, and some demonstrably untrue statements (I doubt there are any American cities undimmed by tears). Also, some discrepancies (is it “stern impassioned stress” or “stem impassioned stress”?!) and some spooky parts (Does “whiter jubilee” mean what I think it does?). But who cares: happy birthday, USA.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man’s avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!


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